The gentlest ascent dynamics

E. Weinan, Xiang Zhou

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Dynamical systems that describe the escape from the basins of attraction of stable invariant sets are presented and analysed. It is shown that the stable fixed points of such dynamical systems are the index-1 saddle points. Generalizations to high index saddle points are discussed. Both gradient and non-gradient systems are considered. Preliminary results on the nature of the dynamical behaviour are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1831-1842
Number of pages12
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Applied Mathematics


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